Video: Ind. captain suspended after saying colleague benefits from ‘white male privilege’

The exchange, captured on video, occurred when an officer questioned a statistic about violence against transgender people

By PoliceOne Staff

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — A police captain in Indiana was placed on administrative leave after telling a fellow officer that he benefits from “white male privilege” during a training session.

The Hill reports that the incident captured on video occurred Nov. 1 when Plainfield PD Capt. Carri Weber was in a training session about issues relating to transgender people. 

When a statistic about transgender people being three times more likely to experience police violence was mentioned, a 28-year veteran officer, who was not identified, questioned it and said most of the people he knows have never experienced violence from the police.

In response, Weber said the officer had “white male privilege.” 

The officer said Weber’s remarks were “offensive” and filed a complaint on Nov. 16 against her, writing that he was “racially and sexistly slurred.” 

The Plainfield Board of Commissioners will vote on Weber’s future with the department Thursday.

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